Yesterday was pretty epic on the scale of summer adventure. My girlfriend Melissa and I decided to take an all day road trip to Hugo, Oklahoma via Paris, Texas. Why Hugo, you ask? Well, Melissa's father in law is the mayor of a small town in Texas and he was on my porch one afternoon telling us fascinating stories about other small towns. I was telling him about my obsession with Roadside America and the delightful oddities on that website, and he started to tell us a fascinating story about Hugo, Oklahoma.
If you don't like small towns then just stop reading now, but I am about to tell you some cool things about Hugo, Oklahoma (which may or may not have been cut and pasted directly from the Internet due to my own laziness):
"Hugo has been a circus wintering home for over a half-century, calling itself "Circus Town, USA." Two operations still park here when the snows come -- the Carson & Barnes Circus, and the Kelly Miller Circus. If you're in Hugo, you'll see circus wagons and trailers stored in fields or pulled up next to modest homes. The town water tower has a big-top theme, there's a sanctuary for elephants, and the Circus Diner is plastered with vintage circusabilia. Ask a local to point you the right way. There's also a performer-packed Showman's Rest at Mt. Olivet Cemetery"
OK, seriously...you can shut the front door! There is a circus cemetery...a SHOWMAN'S REST?!?!? I was happy enough just knowing this, but then Melissa's father in law also told us about Bull Rider's Reprieve...where Freckles Brown and Lane Frost (whose story is depicted in the movie 8 Seconds) are buried (in this same cemetery in Hugo, OK), the road trip was a must do...ASAP.
There is in fact many an interesting story, all which can be found on (you guessed it) ROADSIDE AMERICA. I am linking you to the Hugo section so you can squeal with delight like I did. HUGO, OK (Circus City)
Now, be forewarned, I may have taken roughly 164 pictures yesterday and I do intend to share many of them on this post. If you don't want to see them, I apologize in advance, but when I get excited, I get a little shutter happy.
Here we go! Buckle your seatbelts and prepare for a story (told through photos and captions) of Melissa and Candi's Roadside America/Geocaching/Circus adventure! First stop...Paris, Texas.
We stopped here to see the Eiffel Tower. What?! You didn't know there was an Eiffel Tower in Texas?!? Well, you must visit Paris then. Not only is there an Eiffel Tower, but it is wearing a cowboy hat. No, I am not joking. Photo evidence is here:
As we were taking photos, a local man drove up to tell us about the town's other attraction (which we already knew about thank you to my friend Roadside America). What is this other attraction, you ask? Well, it is located in the cemetery and it's a graveyard monument. It is supposedly the only monument of Jesus wearing....wait for it...COWBOY BOOTS! No way....we had to see this as well.
here's a closer peek:
Only in Texas, right?
Now onto Circus City where the real fun begins! We arrive in the little town of Hugo, OK and head straight for cemetery. We park the car and I open my bag of tricks so we can take a moment to honor our circus friends the way they would have wanted us too...with circus props (of course)! These kids love their crazy moms, right?
Speaking of the crazy moms:
Here at Showman's Rest you will see some of the coolest tombstones ever. I have pictures of pretty much all of them, but here are my favorites:
Nearby, is the Rodeo area and we took some pics of those as well:
and Freckles as well:
In between all of this fun, we were quite busy geocaching and managed to find seven of those during our trip as well. I don't have pictures (aren't you happy), so you will have to take my word on that.
We had lunch at Angie's Circus City Diner (also on Roadside America). This place is not for the clown-wary as there are clowns EVERYWHERE and a ton of circus memorabilia.
Now since the circus calls Hugo their winter home, you'll see circus wagons on the side of the road. You may even spy an elephant. Seriously, I could go on and on about this little gem of a town. Here are a few photos:
These kids are good sports. They told us that their favorite part was the museum (free admission was well worth the price) where we saw more circus stuff, and a bunch of vintage items that were definitely cool to see in person. Like this vintage beauty chair, which was for perms (some of us may have thought it was an electric chair, but I will not mention names):
As I told you before. I have a ton of pictures. These pretty much tell the story, though. It was a banner day. Loads and loads of fun. I am truly blessed to have friends who are as crazy as me. Normal is so overrated.
On a side note...Happy Birthday to my Mom today...without her, I would be a whole lot less crazy. Like Mother, Like Daughter. :) Cheers, Mom!!!